In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
A U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis has found that since March 2020, public consumer complaints at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have skyrocketed, setting a new monthly record each month. During this period, one in five complaints concerning mortgages, student loans or vehicle financing has mentioned the coronavirus crisis.
WISPIRG opposes Gov. Tony Evers’ recent pledge to resume a billion-dollar expansion of I-94 that then-Gov. Scott Walker scrapped in 2017. Research tells us that adding highway lanes rarely results in congestion relief — instead, it draws more traffic, increasing our dependence on cars and putting an unnecessary burden on the climate and on taxpayers.
A group of U.S. senators led by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have introduced the COOL Online Act, which would give online shoppers more ways to spot potentially dangerous products that don’t comply with U.S. safety standards. The bill also would require web retailers to state the country of origin for products sold on their platforms.
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In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn’t stick with it until the job was done.
In this webinar hosted by the Coalition for More Responsible Transportation, we explore how colleges, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are invested in making it easier for students and staff to get around without having to drive their cars on campus.
WISPIRG's Summer Program Associate Christina Zordani, a student sustainability advocate at UW-Madison, explains her disappointment with Gov. Evers' recent decision to revive the cancelled expansion of Interstate 94 in Milwaukee.
Gov. Tony Evers announced a statewide mask mandate on Thursday aimed at reining in the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin. More decisive action is necessary.
Amid uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin, WISPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter Thursday to Gov. Tony Evers, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, calling on the state leaders to shut back down, start over with new policies to thwart COVID-19, and to do it right.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.